Yesterday, March 29, was quite an experience. I had the privilege of meeting one of the greatest painters alive today, an icon of the POP art movement (although he says he doesn’t even like POP art :)). Below is the subject matter he is probably most known for. This was particularly exciting for me because I have been quite influenced by his work. Which is one of the reasons I was one of 3 or so painters invited to have brunch with him. Not to many people make me nervous but when I shook his hand I think I said something like “It a honor to meet you Mr. Thiebaud. I’ve always admirer been work of your “.
I wonder how many banquets he has been honored with that had cakes like this on the desert table :).The next two pictures have not been altered. Look at the guy that looks like the source of light for the rest of the room. Thats me. I don’t know what wrong with me. Maybe I was really hung up over the awkward introduction with Wayne Thiebaud.
Actually I was having my retinas burned by a laser like stream of sunlight coming from a window opposite my seat.
I labeled the 3 painters who I mentioned were invited to the brunch. Shawn Diediker, to my left, is a good friend of mine and a great painter www.diediker.com.
Gary Earnest Smith is a Utah great to whom I have recently come to know a bit.
Vern Swansen of the Springville Museum of Art and Diane Stewart , a prominent supporter of all things art in Utah, presented Thiebaud with a “most honored artist of Utah ” award. Did I mention he lived in Utah as a teen? I hang on every word. I never said I was cool.Following the brunch hundreds more showed up for a lecture and question/answer with Thiebaud. He was so impressive. I have to say the two things he said that impacted me most were that he doesn’t think of himself as an artist but a painter, that history will decide otherwise, and that,when asked who his favorite painters were he said that he loves all paintings. What a positive way to approach such a judgmental and critical field. I wish we were all that humble and positive. His paintings are worth upwards of a millions dollars but that attitude is priceless. Is that some kind of credit card slogan? Hmm?